This summer is set to be a busy one for the Premier League’s top clubs, with new managers and old keen to overhaul their squads ahead of what might be a very open title race next season.
Manchester City have made most of the early running, signing Jesus Navas and Fernandinho, whilst Chelsea have brought in Andre Schurrle.
Other than the low-key arrival of 20-year-old Guillermo Varela, Manchester United have yet to enter the fray, but that could well change in the next few days as they hope to complete a move for Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
That move would be an excellent piece of business for any number of reasons, but is there a case for saying that Manchester United would still need to buy a more imposing box-to-box midfielder for their side?
Their rivals appear to be thinking that way, with Manchester City adding Fernandinho to Yaya Toure, neither are holding midfielders but both have the presence to break down the opposition’s play. Chelsea are bringing back Michael Essien, and even then might look to add more options in midfield.
Arsenal, perhaps after giving up on the injury prone Abou Diaby, are keen to sign Marouane Fellaini, whilst Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly close to adding Paulinho to Mousa Dembele and Sandro.
Any of those three would seem a good addition to Manchester United’s squad, as indeed would Fellaini. Most top teams now have a player with the technical ability to build play from midfield whilst also adding a defensive presence, but United so far have not invested in that kind of player.
Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Thiago are all solid defensive players when required, but none have the kind of physical presence seen in other sides.
David Moyes may have decided that his squad does not need that kind of player, and indeed Manchester United won the title without one last season. But looking at the way team’s are shaping up for next season, United could find themselves a little lightweight in midfield compared to their rivals if Thiago is their last midfield addition this summer.
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